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Old 11-04-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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Spices, your favorites?

I need to restock some of my spices and probably toss out lots of older ones and get fresh ones. What are your favorite brands? I see we have a Pensey's store in the Dallas area, I could make a trip there, or are there any online brands you really think are better than what we usually see in the grocery store?

This week one of our stores has a 50% off sale on a certain brand but I never know how fresh they are or if there are better quality ones out there.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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I seriously go through so much garlic powder that I go to Odd Job Lots and purchase 2/1.00...
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I get most of my spices from Penzey's or from Savory Spice Shop in Denver. Love both of them, and the quality of the spices from either is excellent. I wish we had a Penzey's locally -- there's one a couple hours away, but I don't get over there much at all, so it's easier to order online. I'd pay as much for gas as I would to have it mailed to me.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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Know what you mean Mmorris, but on things like ginger, cloves, etc., I would like to bump it up a notch and get really good spices. Think a trip to Penzey's will be on my schedule this week.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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HI MS BUFFY45

I agree that Penzey's spices are wonderful. For me it's a mail order.

We have a Farm Mkt. quite close and she get's in some nice organic
spices. The name is Spicely Organic, Certified. The onion powder
for example is much superior to regular from market place.

You are smart to clean out and get new herbs and spices.
I do this every January as a new year project. Examine them
in six months to see what's getting old. Makes a big difference in
your cooking and baking. If I had a Penzey's within 50 miles I would
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
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I agree that Penzey's spices are wonderful. For me it's a mail order.

We have a Farm Mkt. quite close and she get's in some nice organic
spices. The name is Spicely Organic, Certified. The onion powder
for example is much superior to regular from market place.

You are smart to clean out and get new herbs and spices.
I do this every January as a new year project. Examine them
in six months to see what's getting old. Makes a big difference in
your cooking and baking. If I had a Penzey's within 50 miles I would
go there.
Thanks Barbo, just made your rye bread, the onion powder sounds like it would be better than the old jar I am using.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:07 PM   #7
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Ha, another vote for Penzeys. They are the best. I especially like their California Seasoned Pepper, BBQ 3000, Chicago Steak Seasoning, Sweet Curry Powder. I like their toasted onion powder and use garlic powder to make my own garlic salt. I have a lot of Penzeys spices and I am aways ready to try something new.

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Old 11-04-2012, 01:36 PM   #8
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I am getting excited to go to their store. Have a few I ordered online quite some time ago, but I'll bet the storefront will be great.
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They have the best cinnamon (the Vietnamese kind), and I love their BBQ of the Americas. Also the ancho chili peppers, and cayenne, and their black pepper. Oh, and the roast beef seasoning, and cardamom. And I like having their dried chopped bell peppers and celery and dried minced onion on hand for times when I want to make soup and don't have the fresh veggies for the seasoning on hand.

Heck, I basically love everything they sell. I use a lot of spices and herbs. <g>
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I have a friend who goes to the store I mentioned. She was surprised the first time she went because they only have hand baskets -- she told them she needed a cart! (She did, too. Ended up filling at least three baskets. That would be me, if I went. I always end up ordering a big ol' box of goodies when I place an order.)
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:18 PM   #11
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I am afraid Lene that I may be overwhelmed!!!
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lol

I think I will be, too, if ever I visit a real store instead of just the online one! Just let me get a whiff of all those wonderful spices, and I'll be sunk!
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I order from Penzey's catalog usually, but there is one in Austin an hour away if I want to drive down and see them in person.

I've recently discovered My Spice Sage (one of my website subscribers recommended them) and am impressed with their extensive spice offerings. I may place my next order with them. Free Shipping.
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I find spices last and last, even stored in glass on open spice racks. If you are a demon for measuring, you might be confused if something is a little weaker over the years, but if you season by taste it's not an issue. Really, don't waste your money throwing things out unless you actually feel that particular item has lost its flavor!
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Another vote for Penzey! And I second the BBQ of Americas spice blend. They have yummy blends for just about any cuisine you would like to make. For my taste buds I also like the
the Ozark Style Seasoning. The fun thing about going to the store is being able to smell everything. When I look at the catalogs and read the description it all sounds good. Then when I give them the sniff test some just don't appeal to me. Be aware some of the blends do have sugar in them but plenty do not.
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I find spices last and last, even stored in glass on open spice racks. If you are a demon for measuring, you might be confused if something is a little weaker over the years, but if you season by taste it's not an issue. Really, don't waste your money throwing things out unless you actually feel that particular item has lost its flavor!
I didn't even know until a few years ago that people did throw them out if they were a certain age, I had some I have had for years. But, right now I find I am at the bottom of the jar on several I use a lot of, so a good time to go visit that store I have been wanting to go to anyway, , probably will be an expensive visit though. Those stores tempt me soooooooo
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